SERVICE ANIMAL POLICY
WHAT DO SERVICE ANIMALS DO?
Service animals assist people with disabilities to deal with the effects of their disabilities. The most common service animals are dogs, but they may be other species (cats, monkeys, birds, etc.). Service animals may be any breed, size or weight. Some, but not all, service animals wear special collars or harnesses. Service animals are not required to have special licenses, to be certified, or to have any visible identification. (Tacoma Assistance Animals Handbook - Excerpt July 27, 2012, http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/hrhs/FHCMaterials/2012Materials/CasesPoliciesTrendsAssistanceAnimalsInformationHandout.pdf
Service animals are allowed to remain with the handler at all times.
A service animal must be under the control of its handler at all times. Service animals whose behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others may be excluded regardless of training or certification.
Any student with a disability who is planning extended use of a service animal on campus should provide documentation of the disability to the disability services office.
Emotional Support Animals
An emotional support animal alleviates symptoms of a mental or emotional disability. Requests for an emotional support animal will be handled on a case by case basis. Please schedule an appointment with Peggy Perno for more information. 253.879.3396
Any animal partner dissatisfied with a decision made concerning the animal should follow the applicable institutional grievance procedure, which is explained on the Disabilities Services webpage at http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/disabilities-services/.